Governor Gina Raimondo and the Department of Health hosted a press briefing at 1 pm today to provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

Updates From Press Briefing

Gov: Press conference will be at 2:30 pm tomorrow, 1 pm on Thursday and Friday. Beginning next week, conferences will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1 pm only.

Gov: Says she and state are committed and focused on nursing home residents.

Gov: On protests – asks Rhode Islanders to look out for one another, “be kind”, she says.

Director of Health: On 12 new associated deaths, 4 in 70’s, 2 in 80’s, 6 in 90’s.

Update from RIDOH

COVID-19 Data Update 

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced 101 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 15,112. RIDOH also announced 12 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 732. A full data summary for Rhode Island is posted online.

Key messages for the public

  • Rhode Island is now in Phase 2 of the reopening process. More information about Phase 2 is available at
  • Anyone who is sick should stay home and self-isolate (unless going out for testing or healthcare).
  • The people who live with that person and who have been in direct close contact with that person should self-quarantine for 14 days after the last day that that person was in isolation. Direct close contact means being within approximately 6 feet of a person for a prolonged period.
  • When people are in public, they should wear a cloth face covering.
  • Keep your groups consistent and small.
  • People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. Do not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider (unless you are experiencing a medical emergency).
  • People with general, non-medical questions about COVID-19 can visit, write to, or call 401-222-8022.
  • Everyone can help stop the spread of viruses in Rhode Island.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Stay home and do not leave your house if you are sick, unless it is for emergency medical care.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

The Latest Data

June 2: RIDOH reports that there are 101 new positive cases of COVID-19 (total now 15,112), 12 new associated deaths (total now 732), 188 are currently hospitalized (48 in ICU, 31 on ventilator).

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